The Problem: To walk faster, many people take longer steps. This increase in stride length creates shock and compression into the joints, especially the heels and knees.
Warning Signs: a bouncy or noisy walk with heel, knee or low back pain that increases during or after walking.
Somatic Experience: The psychological feeling of over-striding may be biting off more than you can chew or getting ahead of yourself. You may feel rushed, over-extended, impatient, or make unrealistic demands on yourself or others. The antidote is to breath, relax, enjoy the gift of the present moment, and change your stride.
The Solution: Take shorter steps to ground your bouncy walk. Shorten your stride. Keep your steps under your body where you have greater traction and can push off more forcefully.
Exercise: Shorter, Quicker Steps. Practice a shorter stride for one-minute intervals. Start with very, very small steps and gradually lengthen maintaining ground traction. Repeat 5-8 times during each walk, with at least 1 minute in between each interval. You’ll walk faster, smoother, and safer lifelong.